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IMAX: The Magic of Flight [Blu-ray] (1996)

Tom Selleck , Greg MacGillivray  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tom Selleck
  • Directors: Greg MacGillivray
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,489 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Take a technological thrill ride faster, higher, and wilder than modern science or even your imagination! Relive the historical first flight of the Wright Brothers in 1903, then soar with the world-famous Blue Angels as they defy the laws of gravity with their most breathtaking maneuvers. Narrated by Tom Selleck, The Magic of Flight highlights and salutes a variety of modern aircraft, the people who fly them, and the human potential of training and performance. Ever wonder "how did they do that?" "The Making of 'The Magic of Flight'" (42 min.) puts you behind the camera and provides further insights into the world of aviation and the techniques used to get some of the most amazing airborne footage ever captured on film. Shot using high-definition cameras, "The Making of 'The Magic of Flight'" captures the enthusiasm and excitement of the crew who made this groundbreaking film.

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Experience August 2, 2000
By A Customer
Wow! Widescreen TV is a viewing bonus. The photography on this DVD is amazing. Angles from IMAX cameras mounted on the Blue Angels planes as they fly. You see just how close to each other these people fly. Watch the main feature; then watch the "making of"; then watch the main feature again with a whole new perspective.
Unfortunately, even with a widescreen TV, it's not the same experience as being in an IMAX theater with a 60' screen -- you don't get the feeling of being in the pilot's seat, like you do at IMAX. But a great experience nonetheless.
The other great thing from this IMAX film is the pilots truly convey their joy of flying. Blue Angels, stunt pilots & pilots taking off / landing on aircraft carriers; you can feel their passion for what they do.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a joy ride! April 30, 2003
By Paul H.
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Sit back and enjoy this joy ride from the Wright brothers to the Blue Angels. The video footage is breathtaking. Of course, it isn't as good as on a real IMAX screen but you certainly can't do better on your home screen. Tom Selleck's narration is easy to listen to and soothing, in stark contrast to the excitement you'll feel watching the in-flight footage. This is entertaining, educational and just plain (plane!) fun.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, makes you feel like you're flying! December 1, 2004
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I got this for my 4 year old son's birthday last year because he has a fascination with air planes. Let's just say everyone in the house loves it when it comes on. We have a large screen TV and it makes you feel like you are really there! The sounds are colors are vivid. This is a wonderful dvd to pull out on those rainy/snowy days. No matter how many times we have watched it, it still holds our attention.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I saw this IMAX film the first time at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, FL. (You'll notice in the opening credits that they helped with the film)I was entranced by the stunning video images and the "feeling" about flying that the scenery and Tom Selleck's narrative created. The score for the film is not "TOPGUN-esque" but rather a warm and inspiring score that reminded me of EVEREST. (Another Spectacular MacGillivray Freeman effort). Needless to say I saw it another 3 times while I was in flight school. To make it easy on prospective buyers I would offer this: If you don't fly or aren't particularly interested in aviation, but have ever been curious as to what makes people want to do it, this film should shed some light. If you fly or are an aviation buff...well, this film really hits the bullseye. Difficult to put in words just how but watch the film and you know what I mean
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanting More October 11, 2009
By Dave
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I just can't get past this BD being just 37 minutes. Great footage, no doubt! Made even better in HD! But even knowing it's a short movie, when those closing credits roll you're like, "That's it?! Damn." Sure, in "The Making of..." you learn it's like a million dollars a minute (or something ridiculous like that) to shoot IMAX from an F/A-18 and so you can understand why the film is not longer, but still...37 minutes?
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An aging documentary but it's ok. July 12, 2009
I watched 'The Magic of Flight' after vieiwing another IMAX film titled 'The Alps' (which blew me away).

It's clear that tMoF is a much older movie and this shows in all apsects of its production compared to the newer documentaries brought out by the same company on the IMAX format.

This doesn't mean tMoF isn't worth a watch,especially for fans of the genre,but I think it's average at best and would only recommend this title if the price reflects this.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting look at Flight in IMAX May 10, 2009
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Overall, this was a well done film. The viewer gets many different views of what it is like to fly with the Blue Angels.

The IMAX cameras are mounted on different angles on the plane, so you get a close up view of what it is like to be in the cockpit with the Blue Angels or land on an aircraft carrier at sea.

There is also interesting background on the origination of flight (Wright Brothers).

This documentary was filmed in IMAX and it looks great on Blu-Ray and a good High Definition TV.

I liked the documentary of the making of the film as well; the director and crew went to great efforts to make a quality film.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Blue Angels DVD ever made February 2, 2004
It's Amazing, it was the first Blue Angels DVD that I got (now I have 10) and I still think that it's the best one.
You are going to love this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 days ago by Raymond Moses Chupp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Blue Angels Fans
If you love the Blue Angels, you need this Blu-ray. The video quality is excellent (especially if you watch it on a really big screen) and the camera angles are fantastic ... Read more
Published 14 days ago by LF
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing to see!
Amazing to see!
Published 22 days ago by Geets Romo
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
I previously have owned this great documentary through iTunes but, sadly it was only available in SD. Sd for an iMax film..sigh. Read more
Published 3 months ago by G. Crocker
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Blue Yonder.
Excellent account of the nations finest military pilots, first rate. Can't imagine the hours of practice it took to perform those stunts.
Published 3 months ago by Gary John Musto
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video on flight
This production was made in IMAX for the huge screen at Pensacola NAS, it features some outstanding shots that still hold up well. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Freedman
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Angels
I got this for my brother for Christmas to watch on his Sony 4K TV. It was awesome. Very well produced and the angels were great to watch. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Eddie Nicol
5.0 out of 5 stars Imax
Thank you for fine service the video was great and enjoyable for my husband. He is a pilot and this video give him some ideas for safe flight,
Published 6 months ago by Darlene
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful scenes
This movie talks about the history of flight since the beginning. Using beautiful screen shots, it grabs your attention making you enjoy all it.
Published 7 months ago by Cyriaco Bernardino Duarte de Almeida Brandao Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best flight films we've ever seen
Absolutely fabulous photography - thrilling beyond description. Narration by Tom Selleck is first class - my husband is a retired Pilot and he was spellbound by this film.....
Published 11 months ago by gail berry neeley
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